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Murphy’s Law for Floors & Home Renovations

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Ken's Quick Answer:

Don’t get stuck due to a small delay. We implore you to add a “Murphy’s Day” in between when your general contractor says he’ll be done and your flooring install. Then, add a second Murphy’s Day after your flooring is finished and before furniture move in. You may thank yourself later!

Ken's In-Depth Answer:

I'm going to tell you the honest truth about flooring retailers (like myself) and general contractors. If your contractor tells you that he's going to be ready at the end of next month for flooring, 20%-30% of the time, it's not going to happen. Why is that?

It's very hard to be precise about when contractor jobs are going to be finished. They have more trades to worry about when I do, and chances are, something is going to go wrong somewhere.

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When the contractor is all done and I go in, I'm going to estimate how many days I think the job will take. But sometimes, things happen.

Always remember Murphy's Law for Flooring. Don't schedule your furniture to be delivered the day after your flooring installation is supposed to be done. By the same token, allow Murphy his one day between when the contractor is supposed to be finished and we're supposed to start installation.

If you observe Murphy's Law, and add one day in between both ends, I think you're going to avoid a lot of trouble.

If you're looking for tips on scheduling flooring installations, give us a call at 401-214-0285 or visit our showroom. We serve customers throughout Rhode Island and southeastern New England, including Newport, Middletown, Jamestown, Portsmouth, Bristol and more.

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About Ken: Ken Fain is the co-owner of Island Carpet in Middletown, RI and a floorcovering veteran of more than 40 years. His popular 'Ask Ken' video series answers common flooring questions on a variety of topics. It has reached hundreds of thousands of viewers on both YouTube and Facebook.


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